Wichita Grand Opera: The New Season Is Here!

July 30, 2013

Tuesday, July 30 2013 11:00 PM

Wichita Grand Opera:
The New Season Is Here!

Following a 2012/13 Season that drew capacity attendance at every performance and received glowing praise from reviewers, the WGO announced an ambitious schedule for its 2013/14 Season. General Director Parvan Bakardiev said, “Wichita is in for a treat this season, WGO’s premiere of Rossini’s masterpiece William Tell, in addition to two new productions of opera and two magnificent ballet productions. William Tell won’t be produced anywhere else in the U.S. this season, and it’s just the third new American production in the last 75 years!”

Tchaikovsky’s SLEEPING BEAUTY, Jan. 5, 2014, 3:30pm, Century II:
Russian National Ballet Theatre

The Russian National Ballet Theatre takes the WGO stage to perform Tchaikovsky’s immortal ballet: Sleeping Beauty. An evil fairy curses a young princess to prick her finger and sleep for 100 years. The Princess is awakened by a kiss from a handsome Prince, and the happy young lovers are married with a grand celebration.

Rossini’s WILLIAM TELL, Feb. 22, 2014, 7pm, Century II:
WGO Premiere Production

WGO’s Premiere event of the season, Rossini’s last and greatest masterpiece: William Tell. A cruel Austrian governor pushes one Swiss villager too far, igniting open rebellion that frees Switzerland from Austrian rule. WGO’s premiere will be the only production of William Tell this season in the US, and only the 4th time it has been performed in the US since 1931, but the overture is well known to American audiences thanks to the cultural icon, “The Lone Ranger.”

Puccini’s TOSCA, Apr. 12, 2014, 7pm, Century II:
New Production

WGO’s new production of Puccini’s best loved opera: Tosca. A corrupt police chief tries to use a political manhunt to coerce a gorgeous singer into his bed. She has other ideas, and brings the house down with one of opera’s most shocking endings.

Minkus’ DON QUIXOTE, Apr. 26, 2014, 7pm, Century II:
Russian National Ballet Theatre

The Russian National Ballet Theatre returns in 2014 with Minkus’ classic tale of heroism: Don Quixote. Inspired by the tales in his library, Don Quixote sets off to perform knightly deeds with his servant Sancho. Amid dangers both real and imagined, they rescue a damsel in distress and unite her with her true love before setting off for further adventures.

“THE GREAT GATSBY”, May. 10, 2014, 6:30pm, Crown Uptown Theatre:
Chairmen’s Opera Ball

The Jazz Age returns to Wichita with flappers, mobsters and big bands! Mark your calendar, because on May 10th, the Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre will be the most popular speakeasy in town. Inspired by the hit motion picture “The Great Gatsby,” the WGO’s Chairmen’s Opera Ball will resurrect the Roaring 20s, complete with the swinging sounds of Michael Andrew and the Atomic Big Band. Don’t miss the hottest party in town.

Rossini’s THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, May 31, 2014, 7pm, Orpheum Theatre:
New Production, Sung in English

WGO brings you a new spin on Rossini’s comic opera with a new production of: The Barber of Seville, performed in English. Everyone’s favorite barber decides to help a dashing young Count win the girl of his dreams away from the clutches of a greedy, bumbling Doctor.

Additional Performances of Barber of Seville at:

  • Stiefel Theatre, May 30, 2014, 7:30pm, Salina, KS
  • McPherson Opera House, June 1, 2014, 2:30pm, McPherson, KS

OPERA ON THE LAKE, June 21, 2014, 7pm, Bradley Fair

Wichita Grand Opera concludes the season with the one and only Opera on the Lake with a fully staged production, like no where else in the nation, at the Lake at Bradley Fair and the island in the lake, which have become a setting akin to the world-renowned Bregenz Festival in Austria, having attracted press coverage from as far away as Japan! This season, WGO will offer three levels of seating arrangements: VIP seating and dinner, reserved seating, and general admission.

Important Information:

  • Visit www.WichitaGrandOpera.org to review more information about the 2013-14 Season.
  • Click here to purchase your Plan A Season Subscription for all 5 productions
  • Click here to purchase your Plan B Season Subscription and choose 4 of the 5 productions
  • Click here to purchase your Plan C Season Subscription and choose 3 of the 5 productions
  • Contact the WGO Box Office at (316) 262-8054 for personalized service.
  • Or, Click Here for an Order Form and sent it with payment to:
    Wichita Grand Opera
    Century II Concert Hall
    225 W. Douglas Ave.
    Wichita, KS 67202